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Curious by light striking his lens (direct and bold or soft and willowy) and the sounds (especially of the shutter opening and closing), he struck a relationship first with film and then, like so many, with the digital camera's sensor.
Bamberg also has sold his photographs in many Southern California stores and galleries. His books, "Digital Art Photography for Dummies" and three books in the "Quick and Easy Secrets" photography book series describes the process from taking the picture to printing and framing it.
In his book, "New Image Frontiers--Defining the Future of Photography," Bamberg interviewed top world engineers, photographers and gallery owners seeking to find answers to sensor research, new camera models (including the new mirrorless line manufactured by a number of companies), and sought an answer the proverbial question: "How does a photographer get his work into a gallery?"
Currently, two new state-of-the-art books--Beginning HDR Photography and Photography Applications to Cloud Computing have been released by Thomson Learning.
Aside from his writing about f-stops, shutter speeds, and the fabulous job the digital camera manufacturers have done that permit photographers to take almost noiseless pictures in the dark at high ISO speeds, Matt teaches photography at UCR and writing at the the University of Phoenix.
Top Customer Reviews
Each of the 37 chapters in this book (well illustrated with images you will recognize and some you can work from) is dedicated to one photographer: Ansel Adams, Eugène Atget, Brassaï (pseudonym of Gyula Halász), Imogen Cunningham, William Klein, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Paul Strand, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston and more. Bamberg opens each chapter with a summary of the artist's life and defines what made that artist great. He then focuses on an aspect of that greatness, explains how it can be achieved with our own camera, and follows this with a fine example. It is teaching of the first rank.
Critics will say the book is too simplified, to lacking in backup data or depth. But that is not the audience Bamberg addresses. Matthew Bamberg shares with the public how aspects of art can come from each of us. And therein lies the beauty of his many books from the 'Quick and Easy' series! Grady Harp, September 10
This looks like the idea that Matthew Bamberg originally had in writing "101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century" but somewhere his idea went astray.
The book discusses 37 great photographers, ranging from Bernice Abbott to Edward Weston. Each chapter starts with a brief description of the master's career and then discusses some of his or her photographs. It is at this point that the author goes wrong. Claiming that it was too difficult to get the copyrights for images by the master photographers, the author instead provides links to websites where a photograph can be found, or tries to describe the image in words. Thereafter he presents one or more of his own images that are based upon the work of the master photographer.
Unfortunately, many of the URL's that he provides are long and complex, and unless one is a really good touch typist one is unlikely to get the URL right on the first try, or in my case, after several tries. In other cases he doesn't even provide a link, choosing instead to try to describe the work in a paragraph or two. Perhaps if the author had provided a web site with links it might have made it easier to view the examples.Read more ›
There are problems with this book, however. First the original works of the masters are not included. You must use the internet to view the photos. You can use the internet addresses provided by the author or search Google Images to find the original photos. This slows down the learning process and subtracts from the joy of reading this book. The second problem is that the authors example photos are generally awful. I'd say 85% of the authors images are terrible and miss some of the basic concepts of the masters that he is describing. Ironically, I find that the author's written comments are very insightful yet there is some kind of disconnect between his logical brain (that understands how to evaluate the photos of the masters) and his creative brain.
That said, you can still learn a lot from reading the authors words and viewing the actual photos from the masters. Take the time to do some evaluation of the master's work for yourself. I found that I discovered more when really examining the photos and understanding what it was that made them so great.
Matthew Bamberg has broken this book into 37 chapters each showcasing a photographic master including a short bio, descriptions of the master's image, and example images with the methods used to recreate them. As the title suggests, each chapter is short and only provides a shallow look into the techniques the masters used. Unfortunately, the master's "images are not included in the book for copyright reasons", URLs are provided instead.
The lack of the master's images is the biggest problem with this book. As the master's images were described, I often found myself looking at Matthew's images wondering what he was talking about before quickly realizing I wasn't looking at the image he was describing. Since I don't read in front of a computer, I didn't try the URLs until after I finished reading the book. This approach didn't work well as the URLs are not differentiated by the rest of the text in a visually obvious manner. Many of the URLs are long leading to potential typing errors, and already becoming obsolete. For example, I tried the 99 character link to view Paul Strand's Toadstool and Grasses only to find the site no longer exists. Fortunately a quick image search found what I was looking for.
Even though the image URLs are obsolete and a distraction, each chapter contains valid photographic lessons. Matthew explains the techniques used by each master, recreates the image in his own way, and explains the steps he took to do so.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was excited to read this book based on what I "thought" this book was about. I assumed the author was going to treat the reader to examples of photos taken by "Masters of... Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by DaveW
Matthew Bamberg's 101 QUICK AND EASY IDEAS TAKEN FROM THE MASTER PHOTOGRAPHERS of the 20th Century offers a survey for any who would recognize and use the techniques of some of the... Read morePublished on April 13, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
The author's own pictures are no where close to the masters' pictures. Simply look the masters' pictures and you'll benefit much more.Published on March 22, 2010 by B. Lee
I learned a lot of techniques for taking cool photos I had never thought of or learned how to do. Like how to use things right in my surroundings for interesting subjects. Read morePublished on February 6, 2010 by Mark Grumet